From The Vet: 3 Ways To Tell If Your Cat Is Eating Too Much

A cat needs to eat only enough to maintain her daily energy loss and no excess body fat. If your cat is overweight, she is eating too much. We know that obesity shortens lives and impacts overall health, and this is true for cats, too. Overweight cats are at increased risk for obesity-related diseases, like diabetes and hepatic lipidosis. (Those sound scary, don’t they? They can be!) The trouble is, when you see your cat every day, it is hard … Read more

Are Cat Licks Really “Kitty Kisses” ?

When you are holding your cat, does she sometimes lick you? She is probably purring and rubbing on you at the same time.  We instinctively know that these behaviors are a good thing and indicate positive feelings, but have you even really wondered why? We cannot ask our cats (well we can..but they won’t answer) so we must turn to science for our answers. Many social animals have a behavioral repertoire of interactions, but cats have not typically been thought to be particularly social. However, … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Is My Cat So Reactive When Something Startles Him?

Every cat lover has had it happen. You reach out to touch your cat and seem to startle her and she really jumps. She might even run away. We even have jokes about how jumpy cats can be because they don’t just react a little bit – they seem to react violently. Ever wonder why cats are so reactive? We know that cats can smell, hear, and see better than we can, and this must mean that something unsettling is actually more … Read more

5 Things You Should Know About Your Cat’s Teeth

We know that teeth are important to our carnivorous cats, but there are a few specific things we should keep in mind. A little knowledge and diligence on our part can really make a huge difference to our cats, since it’s up to us to make sure they stay as healthy as possible. Below are 5 facts about your kitty’s teeth that are not only interesting, they can help you keep your cat’s mouth in tip-top shape. 1. Cats don’t have many teeth. A … Read more

From The Vet: Knowing This About Your Cat’s Tongue Could Save Their Life

Cats are so cool and quirky “cat things” are fascinating! In fact, there is at least one interesting tidbit or factoid about every part of your cat. Have you ever looked at or felt your cat’s tongue? It is made up of muscle and is rough. The feline tongue actually has tiny fingers on it. These small backward-facing barbs are called papillae. The strength and versatility of the tongue allow it to be the multi-tool of the cat world. Remember … Read more

Ask A Vet: Is There Any Hope For Destructive Clawing?

Claw marking is a standard behavior for most feline species. The act of scratching is an instinct to cats. As people who want to live happily with cats, we must try to channel (and can never truly hope to eliminate) this behavior. Cat owners believe that cats scratch to sharpen their claws, but really it is much more than that. Even cats with no claws at all will still go through the scratching motions. Has science found a way to … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Bite Me When I Pet Him?

Cats are fun and playful and it has proven to be calming to humans to stroke a cat, but sometimes stroking turns to biting and cat lovers are left wondering why. My own cat will sometimes be on my lap and (for no apparent reason) he will open his mouth to bite me. He never breaks the skin and he does not bite all the way down to hurt me, but it seems almost like a reflex, like he is … Read more

Ask A Vet: What Should I Do If My Cat Is Aggressive Toward A Particular Person?

One of the questions asked by a reader concerned a cat that becomes aggressive to a particular person (in this case, the cat belongs to one woman and attacks her mother). I cannot say for sure what exactly is going on with this individual cat, but I can give some general advice about managing aggression in cats. Aggression toward a human is a very serious issue. This type of aggression is called human directed aggression and it is characterized by … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Seem Drawn to “Non-Cat People”?

Everyone has that one friend. You know, the one that hates cats or is allergic to them? Cat lovers usually don’t have many friends like that. We feline aficionados usually choose friends who understand us and share our opinions. But there may have been an occasion when someone who was indifferent to cats needed to be in your home. What did your cat do? Sometimes when “non-cat people” enter the scene, it almost seems like cats are drawn to them. Cats … Read more

From The Vet: 5 Things You Should Know About Your Cat’s Paws

Since you love your cat, you love every part of her, and it’s important that you understand every part of her, t00. Her paws are the foundation that she stands on and there are some valuable things that you should know about them. They play a huge part in helping a cat do his job as a hunter, as well as helping him stay safe and communicate with other cats. 1. Each of the paw’s joints are subject to joint disease.  A … Read more